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2013 WFA 48-Hour Film Challenge
Congratulations to the Winners
Winter Film Awards 48-Hour Film Challenge 2013
What Can YOU Do In Just 48 Hours?

Winter Film Awards is pleased to congratulate the winners of the 2nd Annual 48-Hour Film Challenge!

Grayline NY Sightseeing BusThe Challenge kicked off Friday Dec 6 at 8pm. Thirty teams of filmmakers from the tri-state area were assigned a tagline from Ghostbusters (“Well, there’s something you don’t see every day!“) and a Film Genre: Action; Thriller; Horror; Western or Musical; Romance or Comedy; Teen/College; SciFi.

For a prop, Grayline NYC provided each team with one-hour private shooting time on a double-decker sightseeing tour Bus, complete with Tour Guide and Driver.

bestTeams had exactly 48 sleepless hours to decide what they were going to do, write a screenplay, assemble props, costumes and actors, rehearse, shoot, score and edit a 4-7 minute short film. Completed films were posted to YouTube, where 30K+ online viewers cast 3k+ votes for Fan Favorite.

On Saturday December 14, entries were screened to a crowd of 150 fans at Blondies SportsBar in NYC.

Over $9k in prizes were awarded for BEST PICTURE, FAN FAVORITE, FIRST RUNNER UP and the HONORARY AWARD.
B&H Photo sponsored a $2500 Filmmakers Prize Package including a Canon EOS 70D DSLR Camera with 18-135mm STM f/3.5-5.6 Lens, an X-Rite i1Display Pro, a Tenba Roadie Video Backpack and a Delkin Devices Fat Gecko Dual-Suction Camera Mount.

Other great prizes include NYC Helicoptor, Cruise, Bus Tour and Freestyle Tours provided by Grayline NYC; yearly memberships to IndieFlix; Enforcer DSLR Kit and Z-Finder Pro provided by Zacuto; SmartPhocus 3-Lens Bundle for iPhone; Nito Inc S3 Dojo Mobile Sound Studio; Gorilla, Story-O and Chimpanzee filmmaker software provided Jungle Software; Novice Rifle Classes provided by West Side Rifle & Pistol Range; Firearms for Film and Samurai Sword Fighting for Film classes provided by NY Action Actors Academy; Black Ops Laser Tag provided by Indoor Extreme Sports; Go-Kart Races provided by Pole Position Raceway; Pocket White Charts provided by DSC Labs; Chelsea Piers Passports and Flying Trapeze Lessons provided by Trapeze School NY! Winning films will be screened at the 2014 Winter Film Awards Independent Film Festival February 27-March 1 in New York City.

Best Picture: The Carrier

Team: Veteran Production, Genre: Action, Cop, Spy

12-14-2013 Best PictureVeteran Production is a NY-based production company specializing in a variety of media categories. Team leader Sergeant Dwayne Philibert, USMC (acting Sergeant Major) is COO of Brooklyn Youth Marines Inc, an extracurricular youth enrichment non-profit that serves New York City, Dutchess County and Westchester County’s youth. The program focuses on character and leadership development, physical fitness, community service and recreational activities for at-risk youth. Director La’Mard Wingster is a martial artist, director of numerous action films and is the the acting Second Lieutenant for Dutchess and Westchester County youth Marines.

Fan Favorite: As Time Goes By

Team: ESW Productions, Genre: Science Fiction
12-14-2013 Fan Favorite 1ESW Productions is a Carmel, NY based film company specializing in movie/television writing and production, film industry networking as well as web-based entertainment. ESW’s script for “As Time Goes By” was written in about an hour and a half, shot in about twelve hours and the rest was post production (and sitting in traffic). ”It was a ton of fun, and really rekindled a love of this sort of thing!” – Team Leader Salvatore Lagonia

First Runner Up: Crest Fallen

Team: Grape Dutches of York, Genre: Action, Cop, Spy

WFA_cap-grapeReturning champions The Grape Dutches of York are a sketch comedy troupe based out of Astoria, NY. The Dutches have been involved in various film festivals across the country and in New York City, and took home the prize for BEST SCREENPLAY at the 2012 WFA 48-Hour Film Challenge. The Dutches goal is to make funny, off-centered sketches that are rooted in their askew view of the world and the people that inhabit it. Grape Dutches puts on a Monthly show at the Videology theater in Brooklyn.

Honorary Award: The Apt Aint Big Enuff

Team: Film Repertory Group, Genre: Western or Musical

WFA_12-14-2013-honorary-6Film Repertory Group is a collective of local film artists devoted to producing, showcasing, and exposing great films. Their goal is to unify all types of people interested in film-making, to create a place where everyone can contribute in producing truly great work, which shows off their skills and advances their careers and to develop a relationship with our audience and community, and build a reputation that will help expose the talents of all the artists involved.

Special Mention: Lilly Bell

Team: The Oddity Concept, Genre: Action, Cop, Spy

WFA_team-oddity-conceptThe Oddity Concept is a team of 8th Graders making their very first film. Thirteen-year old Erica Marney, director/cinematographer, received her camera the day before the challenge and she’d never edited a film before. Her actors were all first-timers as well. Keep an eye on her — in 10 years, we’ll be watching her accept her Best Director Oscar!

Winter Film Awards congratulates all of our competitors on their amazing work! Visit our YouTube Playlist to view all of our teams’ films!